CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Arkansas pitcher Chris Oliver was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Fayetteville early Tuesday morning.
Oliver, 20, was booked into Washington County Detention Center at 3:50 a.m. and released at 6:26 a.m. after posting $1.075 bond. In addition to the DWI, Oliver was cited for an improper turn and no proof of insurance.
He faces a July 11 court date.
According to the arrest report, Oliver was pulled over at 2:22 a.m. after making an improper turn at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Stadium Dr. Oliver told the arresting officer he was coming from a bonfire near Beaver Lake and was dropping off his passengers at their apartment.
A field sobriety test was performed on Oliver, who told the arresting officer he had one drink at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. The report stated Oliver performed the test in the manner consistent with an intoxicated person.
Oliver was taken into custody and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where he consented to a breath test. Oliver’s blood alcohol level was .09 at the jail, which was just over the legal limit of .08.
Oliver is expected to be one of the first Razorbacks selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, which begins Thursday.
The junior went 9-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 16 starts in 2014. Oliver was the starting pitcher in Arkansas’ 3-2 win against Liberty in the Charlottesville Regional, allowing 2 runs in 5 innings.
“It was a mistake, a bad mistake,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said Wednesday. “Chris is a good kid. But when he got off the bus here he probably felt that was it. He wasn’t going to be a part of the Razorback baseball team and he’s going to be a professional in a couple of days and he went out and did what he did. A bad choice. I’m just glad nobody got hurt. I just feel bad for everybody involved. Hopefully he learned a lesson and will be able to grow from it and move on.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau